When letting go saves your life …


“I’m not sure how to let things go,” the voice on the other end of my phone said slowly. “I mean, I want to, but I’m not sure HOW.” I listened intently and nodded in agreement even though she couldn’t see me. There must be something in the air right now because I’ve discussed this topic with several people just this past week. We all know that we should “let go and let God” but how do we put that into practice. Even after this particular conversation ended, it was still on my mind. Last year, during one of my darkest hours I had this holy revelation where I realized every day we get up, we can decide to carry the burden of worry all on our own, or we give it to God. It’s a matter of choice, right? Barbara Cameron says “worrying is arrogant because God knows what He’s doing.” I chuckled when I found that. It was confirmation. So while I got it, I too was baffled about how to put it into practice. 

I’m a visual person and started meditating on this notion: how do you let it go? I asked that it be revealed to me in such a way that I not only get it, but I learn how to practice this. Immediately I saw the image of an airplane that had reached its weight capacity and this voice told me that I needed to lighten the load; otherwise, I’d crash. In haste, I opened the cabin door and started tossing out boxes and packages without looking. And for a moment, I stopped and worried about what would happen to the things I got rid of. Would it land in a deserted field? Or smash into a house below or even fatally injure someone?

I have an active imagination.

Here’s the thing: letting go, I mean REALLY letting go of something is difficult, and it’s hard. But it’s slowly killing us. Worry leads to more worry, which leads to stroking the flames of fear, and doubt and ultimately shame. So while we may want to concern ourselves with things out of our control we simply cannot. To the example, I cannot afford to worry about what happens to things after I push them off the airplane because I’m trying to save my life. I’m trying to stop the airplane from crashing.

Consider this for today: You cannot worry about what people think of you, that’s their business. You cannot worry about a situation that’s out of your control. You are fully equipped to decide. I hope you choose not to worry today.

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